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Law would criminalize homeless 'dumping' (Hollywood Presbyterian)
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2/22/2007, 6:47 p.m. PT
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) A hospital said Thursday that procedures "were not strictly followed" when a van driver left a discharged paraplegic man crawling on Skid Row this month, and steps will be taken to improve services for the homeless.

The statement by Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center came as local and state officials, responding to a series of incidents, unveiled a bill that would make it a crime for hospitals to discharge homeless patients on streets ...

Authorities have had trouble building criminal cases against medical providers because there isn't a state law that specifically prohibits leaving patients on the streets. The legislation would make it a misdemeanor to leave patients anywhere other than their residences without their informed consent ...
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  -Law would criminalize homeless 'dumping' (Hollywood Presbyterian) struggle4progress  Feb-23-07 12:43 AM   #0 
  - Dumping of Homeless by Hospitals Stirs Debate (NYT)  struggle4progress   Feb-23-07 12:46 AM   #1 
  - Something needs to be done about this problem.  Kutjara   Feb-23-07 12:47 AM   #2 
  - Can't refuse treatment in the first place...COBRA law already in place to prevent that  youngdem   Feb-23-07 05:57 AM   #8 
     - Which just puts hospitals and the homeless in a worse bind  Robbien   Feb-23-07 06:42 AM   #9 
        - It ISN'T voluntary to treat someone  youngdem   Feb-23-07 03:34 PM   #14 
        - They don't allow "Dumping" where I'm at  gorbal   Feb-24-07 05:38 PM   #19 
  - So when some stupid brain-dead right winged nut job  pennylane100   Feb-23-07 12:47 AM   #3 
  - It will be a pleasure to do that. Idiots. Thank you for the idea. n/t  Judi Lynn   Feb-23-07 02:05 AM   #5 
  - Don't forget to mention the old woman that was left wandering in a hospital gown...  Hekate   Feb-23-07 03:09 AM   #6 
  - "They deserve it"  WernhamHogg   Feb-23-07 03:46 PM   #15 
  - Where was the paraplegic's wheelchair?  Pastiche423   Feb-23-07 04:01 PM   #16 
  - Credit for U.S. journal article at issue  struggle4progress   Feb-23-07 12:49 AM   #4 
  - brief mention of the bill on NPR this morning.  salin   Feb-23-07 05:09 AM   #7 
  - Bill should include facilities for hospitals to drop homeless  dkf   Feb-23-07 07:17 AM   #10 
  - Well, for one thing they can dress them before releasing them.  rebel with a cause   Feb-23-07 09:07 AM   #12 
  - Unreal that this isn't already law.  lonestarnot   Feb-23-07 07:56 AM   #11 
  - WTF? Reckless Endangering doesn't apply here?  NI4NI   Feb-23-07 09:46 AM   #13 
     - Yes and when you get passed the "unfrickin belieavable to know a 'hospital' did this," then  lonestarnot   Feb-23-07 07:51 PM   #18 
  - Is skid row the same as it use to be? worse?  gorbal   Feb-23-07 04:57 PM   #17 

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